GARY | A Valparaiso man was killed early Monday after he fell off his motorcycle on the Borman Expressway and was hit by a semitrailer, authorities said.
John Arama, 64, of the 400 block of West 100 North, was pronounced dead at 6 a.m., according to the Lake County coroner's office. The cause of death was listed as blunt force trauma suffered in a motor vehicle accident.
Arama was riding a 2002 Road Hawk three-wheel motorcycle east in the left middle lane just east of Chase Street when he fell off the motorcycle at 3:37 a.m. and landed in the left middle lane, according to Indiana State Police.
A 2000 Volvo semitrailer traveling east in the left middle lane could not stop to avoid hitting Arama.
Arama's motorcycle continued heading east after he came off it, police said. As the driver of a 2003 Ford Taurus swerved right to avoid the motorcycle, she hit the rear of a semi in the left middle lane.
The woman, of Tonopah, Ariz., and her 18-year-old daughter escaped the Taurus before it burst into flames, police said.
The woman and her daughter were taken to Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. Both of the women were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.
No one else was injured.
All eastbound traffic was diverted off the expressway at Burr Street until the lanes reopened at 7:39 a.m., police said.